April 9, 2014

Crochet Challenge: Organize your yarn

Challenge:  Spring cleaning: This week it's time to organize your yarn.  How do you do it?  By color, type, weight?
Answer:  One of the main ways is keeping my stash recorded on Ravelry!  As I work projects, it automatically updates the amounts.  And as for my organization at home:

Organizing yarn stash - Storage ideas
I kept the clear plastic zippered covers that linens came in, and recycled them into storage.  I can muse over color through the clear plastic without having to dig through and drag out yarn every time, and it stays dust and pet hair free.  The largest is my worsted yarn, the smaller has lighter weight and chunky yarn.  The worsted colors are grouped roughly  by color.  A clear Ziploc has some Red Heart Luster sheen and some size 10 cotton in it.

Scrap yarn organization - Ball winderA ball winder that makes quick work of rewinding yarn into center-pull balls.  The one I got was the Stanwood Needlecraft YBW-B 4-ounce ball winder at Amazon and have been pleased with it.

A tip on Pinterest was to use clothes pins to keep little scrap pieces neat and tangle free.  I immediately bought some and it works great!  I keep them in a clear Ziploc bag.

Scrap yarn organization - clothespinsWorks in progress and design projects  are kept in clear Ziplocs unless they’re too large, in which case I use tote bags, like the purple one below holding a Tunisian afghan project.  A clear Ziploc also holds a few completed items that are looking for a project to embellish.


More help with organization:

Organized Fiber Arts (fka Organized Knitting, Crocheting and Sewing Club) on Ravelry is for crafters serious about taking steps to organize their stash, notebooks, patterns, and crafting supplies.  Great ideas!

More yarn scrap ideas:


Until next time!
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3 comments:

  1. I love the clothes pins for leftovers, great idea!

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  2. I love the clear zipper storage, and that you used the ones that linens come in. If I did that it would constantly be open! And you gave me an idea I can use for my CAL colour choices. I love this 52 week challenge :)

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  3. Maybe it is a good thing that I am sooooo far behind this month as I am nearly as put together as you! We moved right after the school year began and I am mostly making a mess in my creative space. I look forward to summer to have the time to get my act together. Thank you, once again, for leaving a comment. I am glad to have a new bloggy and Ravelry friend. ~Kelly

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